Civil + Structural Engineering News

City of San Diego Public Utilities Department recognized as a Utility of the Future Today

The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department was recognized as a Utility of the Future Today on Sept. 27 by a partnership of water sector organizations including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the WateReuse Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inaugural program recognizes utilities with proven success in innovative and sustainable management practices.

NBMBAA and NSBE establish partnership to promote leadership in STEM careers

The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) announced a partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals with enhanced leadership development and access to the countrys top corporations with interest in recruiting management level professionals with experience in science and technology disciplines.

Winners announced for 2016 CAMX Award

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo announced the winners of the third annual CAMX Award, sponsored by Ashland. The winner of this year’s Unsurpassed Innovation Award is Kreysler & Associates for its ultra-lightweight and fire-resistant fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) cladding panel system.

WEFTEC recognizes Woolpert for video documenting 2015 S.C. flooding

Just one week shy of the anniversary of a catastrophic thousand-year rain in South Carolina, Woolperts video on its groundbreaking disaster relief efforts employed immediately following that event was recognized. The video details the actions Woolpert took in the wake of the flooding in which 36 dams failed, 19 people were killed and 20,000 people displaced. The firm collected perishable orthoimagery and lidar and was able to share that information on a website and app within two days of the disaster.

New professional credential for sustainable landscape development and management launching Oct. 1

Green Business Certification Inc. announced a new credential for landscape architects and sustainability professionals launching Oct. 1, 2016. The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession.

GBCI announces 2016 LEED Fellows

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This years 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.

H2M wins Employer Support Award

H2M architects + engineers was recently awarded the 2016 American Water Works Association (AWWA) New Jersey Employer Support Award. The award recognizes employers that support their employees growth and development process.

Fabric tennis building named USTA Outstanding Facility

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis, announced its 2016 Outstanding Facility Awards. The Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park (OKC Tennis Center) has been named one of eight winners in the Large Facility category. The new facility is a fabric structure designed to USTA standards with six regulation courts.

August construction starts jump 21 percent

New construction starts in August soared 21% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, following lackluster activity in July. The August rise for total construction starts featured an especially elevated amount for nonresidential building.

Woolpert providing engineering services for Dayton Metro Library Project

The Dayton Metro Library contracted with Woolpert to provide engineering services for several branches Miamisburg, West Carrollton, West and Southeast as part of the librarys comprehensive facilities upgrade. The upgrade, made possible by a $187 million bond levy passed in 2012, intends to transition the facilities from the traditional books and bricks libraries to modern community centers with cutting-edge technology.

AEC TECH NEWS: Sentera signs North American Distribution Agreement with Dynamic UAV Solutions

Sentera, LLC, a global provider of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sensors, and data management platforms, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Dynamic UAV Solutions North America, LLC, a new distributor in the commercial UAV space for the mapping, construction, survey, and agricultural, inspection, mining, public safety, and landfill industries.

122 new curbside rain gardens completed in Bronx

The New York City Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Design and Construction (DDC) announced that work has been completed on construction of 122 rain gardens in the Bronx neighborhoods of Wakefield, Edenwald, and Eastchester. Each rain garden has been specially designed to collect and absorb up to 2,500 gallons of stormwater each time it rains.

RIDOT to begin next 80-hour rapid bridge replacement

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will start work on the McCormick Quarry Bridge in East Providence on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. As with the recently replaced East Shore Expressway Bridge, this process involves an 80-hour rapid replacement.

New sensing system developed by Washington University engineers set for test at Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge

A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to cloud computing for a smarter, self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. The concept will get its first test when it is installed Sept. 22 on Michigans Mackinac Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.

Autodesk announces AEC Excellence Awards finalists

For the last four years Autodesk has sponsored the Excellence in Infrastructure Competition to showcase stellar examples of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in action within the civil engineering industry. This years competition includes building and construction categories, and showcases projects embracing the future of making things for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and civil infrastructure through the use of innovative and connected BIM technologies.

AWC welcomes Timber City exhibit to the National Building Museum

The American Wood Council (AWC) was on hand to welcome the Timber City exhibit to the National Building Museum, which runs through May 2017 in Washington, D.C. The exhibition demonstrates the many advantages offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including strength, fire resistance, sustainability and beauty.

AECOM signs framework agreement to provide infrastructure services to Shell

AECOM signed a framework agreement with Shell regarding delivery of enabling infrastructure works (EIW) across major global projects. The types of project elements that AECOM could deliver under this program include roads, rail, airstrips, marine structures, power, telecommunications, water and sewerage systems, as well as offices, warehouses and workforce accommodation.

Thornton Tomasettis San Francisco office receives LEED v4 Platinum certification

Thornton Tomasetti announced that its San Francisco office has achieved LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors (CI) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under its new LEED v4 ratings system. The 15,000-square-foot space is the first CI project in the U.S. to be certified Platinum under the new ratings system and was one of only 25 LEED-CI projects worldwide that participated in the LEED v4 beta program.

Draft Environmental Impact Report released for LAX modernization program

Los Angeles World Airports released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The LAMP includes a 2.25- mile Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Center, two Intermodal Transfer Facilities, roadway and highway upgrades, transportation management policies, and related plan amendments and other entitlements.

Water Systems Council hails U.S. Senate passage of Water Resources Development Act of 2016

The U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 legislation containing the Water Systems Council’s (WSC) top federal priority, The Water Supply Cost Savings Act on a vote of 95 to 3. The Savings Act aims to reduce federal, state and local costs of providing high quality drinking water to millions of Americans in rural communities by facilitating the use of cost-effective alternatives like water well systems.

CALYX Engineers + Consultants: A new chapter

calyx engineers + consultants

In March, Raleigh, N.C.-based engineering firm Mulkey announced that it changed its name to CALYX Engineers + Consultants. The rebranding was in response to a new chapter in the company’s history, marked by the retirement of founder Barbara Mulkey. Beginning with a focus on transportation engineering, the 23-year-old firm has expanded to include comprehensive civil, […]

Extreme sewer makeover

Extreme sewer Makeover

Los Osos, Calif., is an unincorporated community of approximately 5,000 homes and 15,000 residents situated on the coastline of San Luis Obispo County. It is at the southern end of Morro Bay and adjacent to the Morro Bay National Estuary and State Marine Reserve. The area became a subdivision in the late 19th century and […]

Innovative designs in steel

Innovative Designs in Steel

Ten structural steel building projects chosen from nearly 100 submissions earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program. Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for more than half a century, the award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by […]

Winners announced in 16th annual ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

Eleven student design projects have been honored in the 16th annual Steel Design Student Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the competition encourages architecture students from across North America to explore the use of steel in structural design.

Bentley Institute and Rutgers University collaborate on Hurricane Sandy research

Bentley Fellow Dr. Zheng Yi Wu and a team from Rutgers University jointly published a paper, Analysis of Dominant Factors Associated with Hurricane Damages to Residential Structures Using the Rough Set Theory, in the March 29, 2016 issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) journal Natural Hazards Review. The research leveraged data collected from advanced remote sensing technologies.

Skanska to rebuild Pensacola Bay Bridge in Florida

Skanska USA signed a $398.5 million contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to re-build the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Fla. The 3.7-mile long project will replace the existing four-lane bridge built in the 1960s with two new, three-lane bridges. Leading the projects design is engineering and design firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

MWH to design Chimney Hollow Reservoir dam

MWH, now part of Stantec, was awarded an $11.9 million engineering services contract by the Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, for the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project, a 90,000-acre-foot reservoir to be located near Loveland, Colo. MWH will provide detailed design for a 360-foot-tall dam the largest dam built in Colorado in 50 years spillway and outlet works.

AEC TECH NEWS: Pinellas County signs Woolpert to $6.5 million software implementation deal

Pinellas County, Fla., hired Woolpert to implement Cityworks software and develop a comprehensive enterprise asset management (EAM) program. The $6.5 million, multiyear contract includes the development of an asset management program, software installation and configuration, enterprise system integrations and deployment to all divisions that manage county infrastructure assets.

Technical program available for DFI International Conference

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) published the Technical Program for the International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation DFIs 41st Annual Conference. The conference introduces a new technical track featuring seepage control and remediation for dam and levee projects worldwide, in addition to the technical program on deep foundations and earth retention.

Americas 100 largest employee owned companies list released

The National Center for Employee Ownership, a private non-profit organization, released the Employee Ownership 100, the largest 100 companies (by employment) owned by employee stock ownership plan (ESOPs) or other arrangements in which at least 50 percent of the stock is owned by 50 percent or more of the workforce. Eight of the companies on the list are in the engineering industry, collectively employing about 65,000 people.

U.S. DOT celebrates Cincinnati Streetcar grand opening

The U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers joined Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and other local officials to celebrate the opening of the Cincinnati Streetcar. The new line is the cornerstone of Cincinnatis efforts to expand transportation options and revitalize the heart of the city.

Inaugural FASTLANE grants leverage $3.6 billion to support transportation infrastructure

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced 18 infrastructure projects across the country that will receive federal grants as part of the new Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program. The grants, totaling nearly $800 million, will be combined with other funding from federal, state, local, and private sources to support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Kansas City Streetcar Project receives Envision Platinum

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure announced that the Kansas City Streetcar Project, owned by the City of Kansas City, Mo., and managed by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, recently earned the Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure, which is the highest level of the Envision rating system.

Section 5 Palmetto Wins Grand Conceptor Award

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Community/Condotte/DeMoya JV, BCC Engineering and FINLEY Engineering Group (FINLEY) have won the 2016 FICE Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award for the Section 5 Palmetto SR826/836 Interchange (Bridges 9, 11, 15 and 19).

New data show 90 percent of property companies and funds actively manage carbon emissions

GRESB, a data provider for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets, released the results of the 2016 GRESB Real Estate, Developer and Debt assessments. The new data show that real estate companies and funds are improving across all aspects of ESG performance, including a 1.2 percent reduction in energy consumption, 2 percent reduction in GHG emissions and close to 1 percent reduction in water use and are putting greater focus on occupant health and well-being.

New poll finds New Jersey voters support building code changes in wake of disaster

In advance of a Borough of Edgewater, N.J., hearing to consider rebuilding the burned-down Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex with the same lightweight wood-frame construction method, Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, released a new poll that found registered New Jersey voters are very supportive of the state making changes to construction codes in the wake of the fire.

WJE gains waiver for nighttime drone use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a waiver to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) permitting the firm to operate drones at night. WJE was one of more than 70 organizations receiving waivers on August 29 from the FAA.

Stanley Consultants opens Honolulu office

Stanley Consultants has expanded its presence in the Pacific Region with a new office in Honolulu. The office provides a central location to support clients and teaming partners on projects in the Pacific, from Alaska to the Philippines, Australia, and beyond.

George W. Rettew, Jr. Scholarship established

In honor of the retirement of the companys former CEO, RETTEW recently established the George W. Rettew, Jr. Endowed Scholarship at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Initially funded at $17,000, the scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in need.

American Architecture Awards honor renovations of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Hafley House and Killingsworth Office Building

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre renovation by Levin & Associates Architect, and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture restorations of the Olan G. and Aida T. Hafley House and the Killingsworth Office Building recently received national recognition by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Structural Focus partnered with these renowned architects on the renovation of these iconic structures.

Hatch-Indisa forms new partnership in Latin America

Hatch announced that Indisa S.A., an engineering firm with over 37 years experience in Colombia and Mexico, has joined the Hatch Group of Companies. Working together as Hatch-Indisa, this new partnership will further enhance Hatchs growing presence in Latin America.